A new constructacular picture book from the New York Times bestselling creator of Pete the Cat, James Dean and bestselling author, Joan Holub.
Mighty dads, strong and tall,
help their children, young and small.
They keep them safe and bolted tight
and show them how to build things right.
Inventively told through James Dean's colorful construction vehicle characters, MIGHTY DADS is an adoring dedication to hardworking fathers and the subtle ways they teach their boys and girls to follow in their tracks. The Dump Trucks learn to get dirty. Crane keeps his little one safe from harm. The busy Cement Mixer gives his daughter a hug. The Forklift cheers his son on.
A surprising and touching view of a father's love for his children, MIGHTY DADS is the perfect way to say: I'm proud of you!
About the Author
Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated more than 130 children's books. With Suzanne Williams she is the author of the popular Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series. She lives in Raleigh, N.C. and can be found at www.joanholub.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In this colorful and bright picture book, we see big “Daddy” trucks and little “child” trucks as they work together to build a city. The story is told using rhyme, and though the meter doesn’t always read smoothly, the text flows overall. Each truck makes its own sound or completes an action, such as the bulldozers that “roar, roar, roar” or the dump trucks that “fill, drive, dump.” It can be a little confusing for the reader since the sentences start with “They go…” which to me implies it is a sound they are making, but “roll,” “dump,” or “lift” are not sounds. I think it would have been better to stick to sounds for consistency in the book and not throw in actions as well, but maybe I am being picky. After we have watched all the trucks work, we see the Mighty Dads say they are proud of their little ones, a positive message to send to any child. My two-year-old son, who loves trucks and construction equipment, really enjoys this book because of the variety of vehicles pictured. He wants to know what each one is called. He points to the Daddy and child trucks on each page, so he is also learning “big” and “little.” Mighty Dads is a great read-aloud for parents with truck-obsessed children.
There isn't an author/illustrator combination that I've been this excited to see in a long time. Joan Holub is a wonderful children's author, and of course, James Dean is nothing short of amazing. His illustrations are perfect for children's books. Big, bold chunks of color give life to his wobbly, carefree drawings. I think kids like his art so much because it almost looks like something they could create. I love his artwork. It's simple and uncomplicated, yet it's vibrant and full of a unique personality that's distinctly James Dean. The writing is so also simple, with the same concept repeated on most pages. The words work with the art really well and young kids will like the repeating rhythm. It's written in rhyme, which is wonderful when it's done right (and this book is). There are just a few lines on each page and the book moves along at a nice pace so kids won't get squirmy. It's a very sweet book about dads and the importance of a father in a child's life. This is a great addition to the small (but growing!) number of books about amazing dads. Source: The author sent me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
My four-year-old grandson saw this when I was browsing the website. I ordered it for him and he was absolutely thrilled!